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Cambodian food – Don’t leave Cambodia until you try this


Who’s going to a new country without experiencing the local food? Definitely not us. 😂

We love Asian food and Khmer food didn’t disappoint us at all. We tried from the simple vegetable noodle soup to those dishes that we had no idea what they were. 🤦

What we loved the most about Cambodian menus is that they are super friendly for vegetarians. So they start with a main vegetarian dish and then, everyone can add any type of meat they want. Super clever, Cambodia! 👍

Our favorite Cambodian food

I am not gonna make a top as it’s hard to say which one is the best. But I am sharing with you the ones we think you should try if you find yourself in Cambodia.

So, let’s start with the classic one, fried rice with vegetables (or chicken, pork, shrimps). Why we love it? Because it is so easy and fast to eat. And I like to eat it as a main dish not as a side dish.

Cambodian Fried rice with vegetables

Egg noodle was the food I used to order every time I had issues of choosing what to eat. It might sound strange but I was struggling with this subject. 😂

Egg noodles

The Cambodian rice noodle soup is something you should try as well. Do not choose the most spicy type as I guarantee you that your mouth will be on fire.

Cambodian rice noodle soup

Salaw Machu Kroeung is my favorite soup. It is a mix of sour, spicy and some Cambodian flavors: lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and turmeric.

Salaw Machu Kroeung

The Tom Yum soup is actually a Thai dish but we loved the Cambodian spices that were added. It is a hot and sour food that is mostly cooked with shrimps. Give it a try!

Cambodian Tom Yum Soup

The best of the best and perhaps the most well known Cambodian plate: Amok. It is absolutely delicious! Vegetables, chicken or fish with a dressing of turmeric, coconut milk, sweet potatoes, lemongrass, mint and ginger.

Cambodian Vegetarian Amok

Fried pork morning glory is something that George enjoyed a lot. Just imagine: water spinach (morning glory), garlic, fish and oyster sauce and few pieces of chili. When I say few, I really mean it. 😂

Cambodian Fried pork morning glory

In Kampot we found a place known for vegetable or pork dumplings. It was tasty but didn’t feel so Cambodian. We recommend this place whenever you want to add some changes to your menu. 🙂

Cambodian dumplings

How the breakfast used to look like in Cambodia?

I have to admit that there is not a lot of diversity when it comes to breakfast options. The main plate: fried eggs or omelette with vegetable. It was perfect for the days when we used to explore and walk a lot but at some point we felt it was too much. So, we decided to go to the market and buy some fruits, smoothies and some sandwiches for George. 😀

Breakfast in the garden

I have to admit that I am currently missing a bit the Cambodian food. And especially the one from our favorite local restaurant in Siem Reap: LilyPop. Would you try any of the dishes I’ve just wrote about? Which one? 😀

If you want to find out more about our Cambodian trip have a look here. I’m sure you’ll find something interesting. 🙂


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